Talk show co-hosts Brian Kilmeade and Steve Doocy of "Fox & Friends" are under fire after joking about a Ray Rice video released Monday that sparked controversy because of its graphic content. The video shows the NFL player hitting his then-fiancée, Janay Palmer, in the face while they are in an elevator during a February trip to Atlantic City. After discussing the video, Kilmeade said, “I think the message is, take the stairs.” Doocy then responded, "The message is when you're in an elevator, there's a camera."
Palmer, 26, was knocked unconscious during the altercation, which occurred Feb. 15 at the Revel Casino Hotel. Rice, 27, then dragged her out of the elevator, the video shows.
Fans quickly went to Twitter to express their outrage over Kilmeade and Doocy's tasteless jokes about the incident.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) September 8, 2014
Brian Kilmeade of "Fox and Friends" says lesson of new Ray Rice video is: "take the stairs" next time. Horriid. http://t.co/JuvIeHCzsZ
— Greg Mitchell (@GregMitch) September 8, 2014
“I think the message is, take the stairs.” No. No. No. http://t.co/Mrf8tqeDcO
— Alex Seitz-Wald (@aseitzwald) September 8, 2014
— Amanda DeCastro (@AmandaDeCastro) September 8, 2014
Oh, and @foxandfriends is the WORST. "Lesson learned is take the stairs"?? WTF. HOW DO YOU STILL HAVE JOBS.
— Len Anderson IV (@LenAndersonIV) September 8, 2014
Over at insensitive, tone deaf FOX News, they joking that message from Ray Rice video is: "Take the Stairs." http://t.co/ZhAbxvFBkd
— Kevin Lyons (@5ksandcabernets) September 8, 2014
An earlier clip released by TMZ shows Rice dragging Palmer's unconscious body from a hotel elevator, but not the knockout punch that led to a two-game suspension. After TMZ released new video Monday showing the blow, both the public and several current and former NFL players expressed their outrage over the incident; the couple married one month later, in March.
Earlier in the day, the NFL said it had never seen the violent video before issuing a two-game suspension. After the new video appeared on TMZ's website, the Ravens announced that they had terminated Rice's contract. “The Ravens have terminated RB Ray Rice’s contract this afternoon,” the franchise wrote on its official Twitter account. The NFL also suspended him indefinitely.
Rice had three years remaining on his contract and was due to earn $4 million this season, ESPN reports. The Ravens won't have to pay Rice.